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Chuck Grassley Reassures Republicans He's Still Against Confirming Merrick Garland

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:30:12 -0400

He said earlier this week that he wouldn't get in the way if most senators wanted have a hearing during a lame-duck session.

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Chuck Grassley Says He Could Be Persuaded To Hold Lame Duck Hearing For Merrick Garland

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:10:31 -0400

He said he could be convinced if a majority of senators supported it.

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Why Stop The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:23:14 -0400

At the Democratic National Convention signs read No TPP, a concert is traveling the U.S. called Rock Against the TPP, and even Donald Trump wants to stop the TPP.

Leading in the Last Two Years of an Administration

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:28:25 -0500

With only two years remaining for the Obama administration, it might be easy for agency leaders, both political and career, to assume they are in a lame-duck situation and can't get much done. The truth is that agencies can accomplish a great deal in the next 24 months, according to Edward Montgomery.

Dear Senators: A Note to Five Who Lost

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:54:55 -0500

It's time to start letting go of the senator, and reacquaint yourself with that person you really are.

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Enough Is Enough: Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:36:26 -0500

The delay in confirming this highly qualified physician during a public health crisis strictly for political reasons is shameful. It's time to put patients over politics. It's time to put science over special interests.

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Time to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:28:23 -0500

If we expect our nation to be prepared for the potential outbreak of a disease, we need a Surgeon General on the job. It's the Surgeon General who can make sure that science and established facts dictate our response, rather than politics or innuendo.

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How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:56:16 -0500

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors.

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Lame Duck Opportunity and Obligation: Confirm Judges

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:54:07 -0500

It is not a controversial or partisan position to state that our courts should be staffed. And it should not be a controversial or partisan position to say that the Senate should be allowed to vote by year's end on whether to confirm the two dozen judicial nominees whose time would be better spent hearing cases rather than waiting out partisan senators.

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Senate High Drama After Nov. 4

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:26:39 -0400

In six days, the nation will render its collective judgment in the midterm elections, and none of us knows what voters will do when they choose their poison on Election Day.

Clean Air Hangs Off the Fiscal Cliff

Sat, 22 Dec 2012 14:33:20 -0500

The Sequestration. Lame duck session. These are terms that Americans have been hearing with regularity since the election. People understand that the stakes are high, but they may not be sure in what way.

Congressman, the Doctor Says It's Time for Your Bath

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:50:49 -0500

Maybe we've misunderstood the definition of irony, but isn't it strange that Gohmert, perhaps the nuttiest representative any state has ever had, is the only Congressperson who thinks we have an urgent need to hold on to the word lunatic? Why?

The Pension Referendum Was Rejected. So Now What?

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:05:37 -0500

On this week's Chicago Newsroom we asked whether the referenda will have any impact on public policy, and whether there's any real prospect for pension reform in the short term.

Thanksgiving Blessings 2012

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:20:22 -0500

Seriously? Both political parties talking preemptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum's sakes, give it a rest, you guys.

Lame Duck Whip Count

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:59:02 -0400

Corporate Tax Rate and a Busy Lame Duck Session

Mon, 07 May 2012 07:58:58 -0400

Since Japan lowered its rate last April, our corporate tax rate has been the highest in the world. There is no disagreement in Washington, believe it or not, that a 35% rate is too high. What complicates things is that very few if any corporations actually pay that rate.

Remembering Revolution: A Few Thoughts on the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots/Uprising.

Wed, 02 May 2012 16:31:53 -0400

As we reflect on the 20th anniversary of one of the most significant human events in recent history, many are asking if we are better off now than just two decades before. While I understand the impetus for this kind of thinking, the question is far too simplistic.

Obama's Measured Path to DADT Repeal

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:01:45 -0400

No single individual or organization brought about the tremendous feat of dismantling "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). In the best military tradition, repeal was a team accomplishment.

Federal Budget Imperatives

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:30:45 -0400

There is 'false choice' debate underway within Congress between "cutters" of the federal deficit and "postponers." The U.S. does not have to choose between stimulus and austerity.

Inside A Shaken And Divided White House

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 05:12:01 -0500